HPU Announces April Community Enrichment Series Events


HIGH POINT, N.C., March 14, 2017 – High Point University will host the following events in April as part of the Community Enrichment Series. All of these events are open to the public. Tickets are not required unless otherwise noted.

Triad residents can sign up to receive email updates from HPU about events throughout the year at http://www.highpoint.edu/community.



Ceramics Talk with Fred Johnston, to be held at 7 p.m. on April 6 in the Plato S. Wilson Commerce Ballroom. Fred Johnston, an internationally known ceramicist from the Seagrove area of North Carolina, will present a slide lecture on his work and inspirations followed by an audience Q&A period. Johnston creates functional and nonfunctional forms and tiles and says of his work, “I question how I can extend the tradition of pottery. What can I contribute? I am not interested in pots that are mindless, shallow imitations and replications of the past. I believe in the idea of cross-fertilization and playfulness. The mixing and matching of different cultures, motifs and art styles are fertile ground, a place to cultivate.” His work has been featured in several books, including “The Best in Contemporary Ceramics,” and “The Ceramic Design Book,” and he has been featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine. 




Arbor Day, to be held at 4 p.m. on April 20 in the Cottrell Amphitheater. To reserve a seat, contact the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu by April 18. The annual Arbor Day event will feature various speakers, including HPU First Lady Mariana Qubein, who has spearheaded the transformation of the campus Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, and Jon Roethling, curator of the grounds. HPU is one of only 12 colleges and universities in North Carolina to achieve Tree Campus USA status.


Spring Choral and Orchestra Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 11 in the Pauline Theatre of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu. The High Point University Community Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Brian Meixner, associate professor of music, will join forces with the HPU Choirs, prepared by Dr. Elizabeth Doebler, for a performance of “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms. A large-scale work for orchestra and choir, “A German Requiem” is one of the most significant compositions of the 19th century and arguably the most important work of Brahms, a musical titan of the Romantic era. This work features HPU voice faculty Dr. Scott MacLeod, baritone, and Dr. Melanie Crump, soprano. Also featured on the program is the winner of the 2016-17 HPU Concerto Competition, senior voice major Laura Hutchins, on two items by Arthur Sullivan.


HPU Theatre Presents: Steve Martin’s “The UNDERPANTS,” to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 6-8 and 10-12 in the Empty Space Theatre. A limited number of complimentary tickets will be available for the general public by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336-841-4636 or concierge@highpoint.edu. The play is a wild comedy about Louise and Theo Maske, a couple whose conservative existence is shattered when Louise’s bloomers accidentally fall down in public. Though Louise’s momentary display does not result in the feared scandal, it does attract two infatuated men, each of whom wants to rent the spare room in the Maskes’ home. 




Outdoor Movie: Jonathan Levine’s “Warm Bodies,” to be held at 8:30 p.m. on April 21 in the Cottrell Amphitheater. Bring a picnic basket and gather in the fresh spring air as HPU hosts a special outdoor screening of “Warm Bodies,” a 2013 movie written and directed by Jonathan Levine. A romantic comedy of a truly different sort, the movie is adapted from a popular Isaac Marion novel and stars Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich. “Warm Bodies” relates a poignant tale about the power of human connection, offering an apocalyptic twist on the classic love story involving a zombie and a human. Can their two worlds ever see eye to eye?



Musical Theatre Scenes Performance: Movie Musicals, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 21 in the Extraordinaire Cinema. Enjoy scenes from your favorite movie musicals, accompanied by live music. Students from MUS 1360-01 will perform songs from popular musicals while you watch the classic film versions on the big screen.

Symphonic Band Concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 24 in the Cottrell Amphitheater. This concert will be a celebration of America. The HPU Symphonic Band will perform a variety of patriotic favorites, ranging from marches to traditional band staples, to contemporary music. Some of the pieces to be featured include “The Washington Post March,” “An American Spectacular,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Senior Studio Exhibition, to be held April 27 through May 6 in the Sechrest Art Gallery of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. HPU’s senior studio art majors will show their selected work in a professional gallery setting. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in the collaborative process of curating and hanging the exhibition.






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